The indoor ice climbing center at Kolon Alpine School in Ui-dong, Seoul, is probably the coolest place in Korea in summer, with an all-year-round temperature of minus 15 degrees Celsius.
It is the only indoor ice climbing facility in Korea and also holds the Guinness record for the world’s tallest indoor ice wall. Inside the ice chamber, three of the four walls are 8 meters in height and one is a whopping 20 meters, stretching over seven floors of the building.
Visitors can enjoy ice climbing at a relatively cheap price, with the equipment rental fee at 15,000 won ($13), a one-hour pass costing 10,000 won and a three-hour pass 30,000 won. If visitors think they will come often, the school also offers monthly and annual passes. For beginners who wish to learn ice climbing from scratch, the center offers a class with certified instructors. Tuition varies by curriculum.
The ice climbing facility is open from 2 to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. To visit the education center, take bus 101, 109, 144, 151 or 1166. Suyu and Ssangmun stations of line No. 4 are nearby. For more information, visit http://www.kolonschool.com or call (02) 990-0202.